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How to pack fragile items ahead of your house move

When you’re moving, packing fragile items can be a stressful part of the process. Even if you’re not planning on doing the physical labor yourself, it’s best to get some basic knowledge about how to pack fragile items before handing them over to movers. Whether you need to move glassware or old china, here are some easy tips for keeping your most valuable items safe during a move.

Wrap your items individually.

Remember that the goal of wrapping is to protect your items, so you want to use something durable. Although bubble wrap and newspaper offers some protection, it won't keep fragile items safe if they're stacked on top of one another or moved around a conveyor belt. Instead, opt for packing peanuts: They're more durable than newspapers or bubble wrap (but not as sturdy as corrugated cardboard), which means they'll keep your fragile items safe even if they're tossed around during transit.

Use a combination of wrapping materials.

  • You may wrap fragile items in paper.

  • You may wrap fragile items in bubble wrap.

  • You may wrap fragile items in plastic wrap.

  • Packing paper or cardboard for adding extra cushion and protection to your items during the move.

  • You can buy foam or cushioning pre-cut to fit specific shapes, or you can purchase sheets from a hardware store and cut it yourself to fit whatever shape you need . Make sure it doesn't have any sharp edges that could damage your belongings; if there are any sharp edges, try covering them with tape or another layer of foam before wrapping the item up!

Avoid packing crushed items together.

Bubble wrap and foam packaging are useful to protect your fragile items. Bubble wrap is a great way to cushion smaller objects, while foam packaging can be used on larger items that need more protection. You should also use furniture wrapping if you're moving large pieces of furniture, as this will provide extra support for your possessions as they're being transported.

Label your boxes while you pack them. Cardboard boxes are ideal for storing your things because they have an increased amount of stability compared to other materials like plastic or wooden crates. Be sure to check that the box itself isn't damaged beforehand—if there's any sign of damage, don't use it!

Use large boxes for heavier items.

When you're moving, there are many different things to consider. The best way to pack fragile items is by using a mixture of boxes with different sizes and materials. For instance, cardboard ones should be used for lighter items whereas plastic ones should be used for heavier objects or those with sharp corners (such as picture frames).

Pack your box carefully, and seal it tightly before you move it.

  • Be sure to pack your entire box securely, apply strong tape all around the top, bottom and sides of the box, and use a type of tape that won't rip or leave any residue behind on your item when you move it.Don’t overload boxes.

When you’re packing fragile items, make sure each box is the right size. Ask yourself, “Could I lift this box easily?” but also, “Would I be able to lift this box if it were full of cinder blocks?” If you don’t have a tape measure handy, think about how many cinder blocks would fit inside—that should give you an idea of what the weight of your boxes should feel like. If you need to put heavier items in a heavy box (like books), consider using extra packing materials like bubble wrap or newspaper on top of them to keep from compressing and damaging them during transit.

These tips can help you keep your fragile items safe during a move.

  • When you move house, bubble wrap is a great way to keep fragile items safe. You can either do it before you pack or when you arrive at your new home.

  • To add extra protection inside the box, wrap your item in tissue paper before placing it in the box. This is particularly useful for smaller items that can't be wrapped in bubble wrap easily.

  • Newspaper is ideal for packing fragile items because it is lightweight and can be easily torn. It's also great for packing large, irregularly shaped items like vases, lamps, or statues. Plus, if you need extra cushioning between boxes, crumple up some newspaper and place it inside the box with your other items before sealing up the box.


Moving doesn't have to be scary. We've got you covered with some tips for packing fragile items along the way. You'll find that moving your valuables isn't as scary as you think if you do it right. Take your time, ask for help when needed, and remember that if something goes wrong, many things can be replaced instead of repaired. Try out our tips for your next move, and we hope all will go well!

We are Joel Removals and we are able to help pack and wrap your items , dismantle and reassemble your furniture for you . If you would need help packing and wrapping we can do this ahead of your move .

Contact us today to discuss how we can help in this process . We can handle your move from start to finish!

Thank you,

Joel Removals London

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